Cumbria Fire Service appoints new members to leadership team

CUMBRIA Fire and Rescue Service has appointed two new officers to join its strategic leadership team.

Brian Steadman has been named to the permanent position of deputy fire chief, having assumed the role on a temporary basis.

Rick Ogden has been appointed to the permanent post of Deputy Fire Chief, joining the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) from the London Fire Brigade.

Brian has been with Cumbria FRS for 30 years, most recently as a temporary Deputy Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief before that. Brian began his career as an on-call firefighter in Sedbergh in 1991 before joining the Service as a full-time firefighter in 1998 and taking on various roles within the Service.

Deputy Fire Chief Brian Steadman said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed to the position of Deputy Fire Chief for Cumbria.

“I look forward to the challenges the role will bring and I remain committed to improving the lives of county residents and visitors. Ongoing public service reform will bring tremendous challenges, but with those challenges will come opportunities.

“I am totally committed to the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and believe that we have the talent, enthusiasm and drive amongst our staff to continue to provide a first class service to the communities of Cumbria and beyond.”

Rick joins the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service from London Fire Brigade, where he currently serves as Assistant Deputy Commissioner within Training and Insurance.

Rick has over 20 years of experience working in all parts of the Service within prevention, protection and response. He has also worked extensively with partners through blue light collaboration and contingency planning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Fire Chief Rick Ogden said: “I am extremely honored and delighted to have been appointed as the new Deputy Fire Chief for the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and I am very much looking forward to starting work with the service and meet partners across the county.

“I look forward to leading the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s journey of continuous improvement, alongside our commitment to protecting our communities in Cumbria.”

Janet Willis, Cabinet Member for Cumbria County Council for Fire and Rescue, said: ‘I am truly delighted that these roles have been filled by two outstanding candidates.

“Brian brings 30 years of experience and knowledge of working and serving our communities in Cumbria, while Rick brings with him a wealth of experience from his time serving the people of London.

“I look forward to welcoming Rick to the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and continuing to work closely with Brian.”

Fire Chief John Beard said: “I am delighted that Brian and Rick’s nominations have been confirmed.

“Both are people who have extensive operational and strategic experience, both in Cumbria and outside, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge.

“I look forward to working with them to deliver a high performing service that works with communities and businesses across Cumbria.”